11b standards-based wireless networking, 11b standards-based wireless networking -3 – NETGEAR ME103 User Manual

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Reference Manual for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point



August 2003

Upgradeable Firmware. Firmware is stored in a flash memory and can be upgraded easily,
using only your Web browser, and can be upgraded remotely.

Access Control. The Access Control MAC address filtering feature can ensure that only
trusted wireless stations can use the ME103 to gain access to your LAN.

Simple Configuration. If the default settings are unsuitable, they are easy to change.

Hidden Mode. The SSID is not broadcast, assuring only clients configured with the correct
SSID can connect.

Configuration Backup. Configuration settings can be backed up to a file and restored.

Supports Diversity. Dual removable external antennas support diversity.

Secure and Economical Operation. Adjustable power output allows more secure or
economical operation.

Automatic Date and Time Updates. Date and time can be automatically updated from
Internet time servers.

Autosensing Ethernet Connection with

Auto Uplink

Interface. Connects to 10/100 Mbps

IEEE 802.3 Ethernet networks.

LED Indicators. Power and wireless activity are easily identified.

802.11b Standards-based Wireless Networking

The ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point provides a bridge between Ethernet wired
LANs and 802.11b compatible wireless LAN networks. It provides connectivity between Ethernet
wired networks and radio-equipped wireless notebook systems, desktop systems, print servers, and
other devices. Additionally, the ME103 supports the following wireless features:

Distributed coordinated function (CSMA/CA, Back off procedure, ACK procedure,
retransmission of unacknowledged frames)

RTS/CTS handshake

Beacon generation

Packet fragmentation and reassembly

Authentication Algorithms (Open System, Shared Key, 802.1x)

Short or long preamble

Roaming among access points on the same subnet